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This is the blog home for the Fall 2009 Core 1 class in the CUNY Graduate Center Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program.

Interactive Technology and Pedagogy/Fall 2009
Core I:  History, Theory, and Practice of Interactive Media:  The Intersection of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Course Description

Joan Greenbaum & Gerhard Joseph

Course Overview:
This ITP Core I seminar is an exploration through readings and activities to help us critically reflect on traditional views about technology, teaching and learning.  The purpose of this introductory core course is to help understand the impact of technological change on past and current intellectual practices and methodologies in order to develop innovative teaching and learning strategies; and to think creatively about applying technologies in order to enhance active teaching, learning and research.

Possible mini projects and activities:
As in all academic work this seminar includes a research paper (see below), but since activity and project-based work is an important part of active learning, this course also involves activities and mini projects that could become small steps toward developing teaching, research and/or learning tools in the Core II course.

All activities and projects should engage and include selected readings on the syllabus and be applied to your area of interest in your academic field or in  work beyond the academic world.  Some examples might include:
• new or enhanced ideas for teaching a college course in a given field with some use of digital media
• ideas for research in an academic field or an interdisciplinary research project
• concepts for applying teaching and learning strategies in another area of interest (high schools, early education, after-school projects, academic administration ,community groups,  etc)

The mini project and paper you develop should use ideas, reading and activities from class as a point of departure for future work.   Any and all active learning strategies and experimentation are encouraged.  The sophistication of the final project will not be evaluated but the ideas behind it and how well it is communicated to the others will be part of the overall grade. You are not expected to digitally develop your project ideas this semester, but rather to write about them and to express them in some form of a multi-media presentation. Cooperative project development is encouraged;; research papers should be written individually.

Course expectations and evaluation;
Academic research:
You will be encouraged to engage in selected readings, understand and interpret them and apply them to your own field of interest. Understanding of the readings should be demonstrated in: class discussion;, in online discussion; in leading a selected class discussion; and in the required academic research papers I & II.
• Paper I:  An introduction to your field of interest and possible mini project or activities, with an analysis of the significance of your interest for further teaching, learning or research.  3-5 pages plus references, using the course readings as a point of departure.
• Paper II:  A more in-depth research paper engaging the readings this term along with connections to your own field.  Use the opportunity of this research paper to explore your interest in teaching, learning or research and creative uses of technology.  12-15 pages plus references; engaging and relating at least three sources this semester.

Presentations and Mini Projects:
Please try out different methods to express ideas about your field of interest The method of expression can be digital or paper-based and should be used to enhance the way others can understand your ideas and help you in future work.   You will be posting ideas on the course website along with two very short presentations.  The presentations will briefly explain your proposed activities or mini project and be directed toward soliciting useful feedback.  You will not be graded on the sophistication of the presentations as students differ in the technical expertise they bring to the course.
• Workshops: attend at least two ITP sponsored skills workshops on using a variety of digital applications.
• Readings: read two books on the selected reading list (or complete two of the books we read in part) in addition to the weekly readings and introduce a class discussion about one of the readings/digital media.

Look for course updates, weekly discussion and lots more on our course website at:

Joan Greenbaum/  Office 6304.25  Hours Thursday 5-6:30 and by appointment

Gerhard Joseph /     Hours Thursday 5-6:30 and by appointment